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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Today's Pattern: Butterick 3039 and 4950

When I want to sew, I want to make something that is quick and easy because anything that is slow and detailed might take a year for me to make! I spent 6 weeks once making a lovely top with hand sewn facing, etc. and about my third time wearing it I got a bleach splash on the front that chewed holes into the fabric and I never could figure out a way to cover them up. After that fiasco and the time it takes for me to sew due to my physical problems, Butterick Sewing Pattern 4950 has become one of my favorite patterns to use for myself. I have lost track of the number of tops and skirts I have made off of my copy of the pattern. However, I only have one copy of Butterick 4950 left for sale but a customer reminded me today of a very similar pattern, that is Butterick Sewing Pattern 3039 . We still have copies of Butterick 3039 in all three size ranges so you can purchase it in sizes 16W-32W. If you want to make something fast these patterns will do the job for you. If you want to spend more time on a garment, I have seen patterns resembling the pullover top in many variations with different embellishments. The joy of sewing comes from your fabric choices, embellishments and colors you can always have a unique wardrobe suitable for any occasion.

These two patterns are just 2 of many that we sell in our Women's Plus Size department and we invite you to come and look if you haven't already here. For a shorter Plus size woman, we also have some rare, hard to find Half-size patterns here.  Of course for any other kind of sewing pattern you can check our store Moonwishes Sewing and Crafts where we have over 8000 uncut sewing patterns in all sorts of sizes and styles. We also have many patterns that aren't yet listed and we would be more than happy to check for you to see if we have it. We do need the brand and number of the pattern and the type of garment as the major pattern companies repeat their pattern numbers about every 8-10 years. In the meantime enjoy your sewing!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tips on Sewing

Just wanted to share a tip I saw about sewing with vintage patterns. Many older patterns that have the cutting lines printed on the tissue paper are much thicker than the lines we get currently. Those line can be up to 1/8" thick, which means depending on how many seams in a garment, you could be making it an inch larger or smaller than you need, and if you cut out the armscye and sleeve pattern differently then you might have a bit of difficulty setting in the sleeve. Most vintage style patterns can be quite fitted, so stop and take the time to measure from side to side on each pattern piece to decide where you need to cut and where your seam line should be. The cutting lines shown below are 2mm wide which is 1mm shy of being 1/8" wide. the width of the lines may differ from each manufacturer and what era, so be sure to double check before cutting.

Don't forget for all your pattern needs, stop in at Moonwishes Sewing and Crafts first as we have over 8000 new, uncut sewing patterns in all styles and sizes. I list new patterns almost daily as my health allows. While the pattern tissues and instructions are in factory folds on the patterns we sell, their envelopes may have wear, tears, writing, sticker residue, etc. The inside of the envelope is generally what is important. If you collect patterns for their looks, please be sure to double check with us the envelope condition.

Today's Pattern: Butterick Sewing Pattern 5143 Misses Dress

Yesterday I was so busy listing patterns, I never got a chance to post one here. This is one of the patterns that I posted yesterday. It is Butterick Sewing Pattern 5143 Misses Size 8-16 Halter Neck Sleeveless Sundress Dress . As soon as I saw it I thought it looked familiar and then it dawned on me, it is very much like the halter neck 'Pillowcase Dresses' that have become so popular lately. Everything old is new again for sure. While this isn't an actual pillowcase dress, the lines are similar and the halter neckline is cleanly finished with a better fit than a pillowcase dress would give you. It would make a great sundress or even a dress to wear at the office if you have a jacket or bolero to wear over it. After work take off the jacket and you are ready for the grocery store or a date. That is one of the joys of sewing; depending on fabric choices and embellishments, you can sew up a dress and have it ready for any occasion that you like. Try this pattern or any of the thousands more that we have at our store, Moonwishes Sewing and Crafts.

If you are looking for a particular pattern in our store and can't find it, we have plenty of boxes of patterns that we don't have listed yet and we would be happy to look for the pattern for you. We do need the brand and pattern number and type of garment you are looking for. Pattern companies repeat their pattern numbers about every 8-10 years, which is why even with the brand and number we still need some idea of what we are looking for. We can not however, look for a certain garment pattern without the other information as I can't remember every single pattern that we have tucked away to list. I've gotten to the point that I have a certain amount of senioritis based brain leakage!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Today's Pattern: Butterick 4448 Misses Size 6-12

While I have seen every single pattern that we have in stock at Moonwishes Sewing and Crafts, sometimes when someone buys a pattern and I get it out of it's box, I'm surprised with delight. When someone bought a copy of Butterick 4448 today, it happened again. Butterick Sewing Pattern 4448 Misses Size 6-12 is a lovely and feminine summer dress that would be great for parties, weddings, and dates. It comes either sleeveless or with cap sleeves, a slight cowl neckline and several options for an asymmetrical skirt. Fitted enough to show off a ladies figure without being immodest. I could wish all I wanted that I could fit into this dress, but I have never been in that size range. We currently still have one copy left of this dress, so if you want one, you had better get it before it is gone. Never fear though if it has sold, Moonwishes Sewing and Crafts has over 5000 uncut Misses patterns, so you have plenty of other choices!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Today's Pattern: McCall's 2930 Girls Size 6-8

I find it funny that on TV before school had even let out in our area of the country, they were already advertising back to school sales and each day it gets worse. I trust I can be forgiven for bringing up back to school thoughts here, but if you sew for your child, that does mean a bit of pre-planning and sewing ahead of time. McCall's Sewing Pattern 2930 Size 6-8 is the perfect school outfit with it's jumper in several variations and blouse with long or short sleeves. We currently have several copies of this pattern available and also some in Sizes 4-6 . I do have one question about the model photo on this pattern, does she really need glasses or is this just another attempt to show that studious kids all need glasses? For more selections of  over 1000 children's uncut sewing patterns, stop in at Moonwishes Sewing and Crafts: category Children's.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Today's Pattern: Butterick 3909 Size 10

Butterick 3909 Misses Size 10 is another pattern that I wish was in my size. Over the years I have come to love bateau or boat necklines. Ever since I had surgery on my thyroid, I haven't been able to stand anything tight on my neck and this type of neckline fits the bill. I also generally wear skirts and dresses after having my knees replaced to avoid the problems with my legs swelling. The problem with a skirt or dress is sometimes they actually aren't the most modest solution. However culottes or split-skirts can be, especially when as full as this split-skirt would be. Butterick 3909 is available at our store Moonwishes Sewing and Crafts where we have over 8000 uncut sewing patterns in all styles and sizes up for sale.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Today's Pattern: Simplicity 9904 Misses Size 12

As I list patterns almost daily, I often run into one that just speaks to me. I want to make it. I want to be the size shown so it looks right on me. I can see how it would just fit into my life. Some patterns, it just doesn't matter when they were printed, for by using today's fabrics you could still have a great outfit. Simplicity 9904 is one of those patterns. Because of the many different garment pieces you can make with this pattern, in my store, I call it a wardrobe pattern. Other than the shorts being a bit too short, I think it would make a fantastic set of summer clothes especially if they were made of coordinating fabric. Just think, several different colors of tank tops, a couple of shirts, and a couple pairs or pants and a some skirts and you have an organized wardrobe or set of clothes to take on vacaction and still fit within a luggage allowance. This pattern is currently available in my store, Moonwishes Sewing and Crafts because unfortunately it is a size 12 and I haven't been that size since the mid-70's!

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

When Pigs Fly!

When Pigs Fly! We have all heard the expression, but now they can, thanks to the help of the great designers at Embroidery Library! This design that comes in two sizes and is free until the end of June 2014.

Embroidery Library has also just come out with lots of great summer designs for decorating beach bags, towels, etc. Come and check them out!